Former Leicester City defender Matt Elliott has passed on some significant praise for Foxes forward Kelechi Iheanacho following his display against Manchester United.
The 24-year-old continued his fine run of form with two goals on the day, making it nine goals in nine games for him, to send Leicester into their first FA Cup semi-final since 1982, and it’s no surprise that these goals have come during a time when he’s got a regular run in the first-team.
Speaking on the latest edition of the 5000/1 podcast, Elliott spoke about the transformation that he’s gone through since making the move to the King Power Stadium, and even compared his performance in the game to one of the Premier League greats.
He said: “Even at Manchester City, his goals return and his stats – pretty impressive. But the level of players that he was competing against in terms of regular selection proved too much for him.
“People talk about his inconsistency, but it’s totally understandable, because he hasn’t had that regular run of games, he hasn’t been able to hit any sort of rhythm.
“He’s certainly turned people’s opinions around, hasn’t he? Because at times, he was Bergkamp-esque, wasn’t he, against Man Utd? Plucking the ball out the air, linking up and finishing. The two goals were relatively straightforward, but they were decent finishes in themselves.”
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Elliott’s comments might just bring back a few bad memories for certain Foxes fans after the performance he put in at Filbert Street back in 1997, but it certainly is high praise indeed. If he can perform anything like that moving forward, then Leicester really do have a star on their hands.
The only problem then becomes keeping hold of him, because the more praise he gets, the more attention the bigger clubs are going to pay attention to him. Reports have recently come out stating that he wants a new contract at the club, so it’s time they lock him down before they risk losing out on him.